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Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe – How to Make it in 11 Simple Steps

A close look at a batch of peanut butter cookies.

As long as you aren’t dealing with a peanut allergy, this will be a favorite recipe to create with the grandkids, for a snack for the whole family, or to bring to a potluck. Just be sure to check with others who will be there to make sure that peanuts are safe options for all who will attend the gathering.

While the name may be deceptive, peanuts are actually legumes or members of the bean family. This plant is a very interesting plant and has an unusual growth pattern. Peanuts grow under the ground, which sets them apart from other kinds of nuts like walnuts, pecans, or almonds.

A close look at a batch of peanut butter cookies.

Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

April Freeman
Despite the fact that some struggle with peanut allergies, peanut butter cookies are still a favorite of many people. Featuring the classic criss-cross pattern on its surface, this recipe for basic Peanut Butter Cookies bakes up soft, chewy, and loaded with peanut flavoring.
Prep Time 15 mins
Baking Time 35 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 36 Cookies


  • Baking Sheets
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Electric Mixer
  • Fork
  • Wire Rack


  • ¾ cup Smooth Peanut Butter
  • ¾ cup Butter softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 pcs Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ teaspoon Salt


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper to aid in the clean up.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together the peanut butter and the softened butter until they are smooth and creamy.
    The peanut butter and butter are mixed together with an electric mixer.
  • Add the brown sugar and the white sugar and beat them together at high speed until they are light and fluffy. This should take about two minutes.
  • Add both eggs and the vanilla, beating them into the mixture on medium speed until they are blended.
  • Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, beating the ingredients together until the dough starts to stick together.
    The dry ingredients are then added.
  • Scoop the dough out with a tablespoon into walnut-sized blobs. Using clean, lightly floured hands, roll the dough into balls, placing them on the baking sheet two or three inches apart.
  • Dip a fork into a bit of flour and lightly press the tops of the cookies down with the tines of the fork creating the distinctive criss-cross pattern on the surface of the cookies.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges are just set and slightly brown. The centers may be a little glossy and tacky, but leave the cookies on the baking sheet for about five minutes, and the centers will set up a bit more.
  • Gently scrape the cookies off the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for another fifteen minutes. Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • These cookies also freeze very well. To freeze the cookies, allow them to completely cool by setting them on a plate for about an hour. Place the cookies gently in stacks of two or three and put the stacks in a zip-top freezer bag. Press out all of the air and freeze the cookies for up to three months. To thaw, place the cookies in the refrigerator overnight before eating.


The plant creates flowers, which are fertilized. As the flower loses its petals, the stem on which it grows begins to grow downward toward the soil. Eventually, the mature ovary begins to grow into the dirt itself. After several months the mature peanut is formed in the soil, and the farmer uses machinery to lift the plants from the dirt, harvesting the peanut.
However, freshly harvested peanuts are not as appealing as you might think. To bring out the flavors and wonderful textures in this popular nut, they must first be roasted. The roasting intensifies the wonderful nutty flavor and makes the nut more crunchy and delicious. After roasting, the peanut is processed into snacks or ground up into peanut butter.
Peanuts are thought to have originated in South America, and European explorers and conquerors were responsible for their spread to North America, and later, all over the world. Peanuts are generally cultivated in warmer climates because they require a four-month long growing season to fully develop. According to the USDA, China, India, the United States, and certain areas of Africa grow the most peanuts.
Peanuts were not generally grown in the United States until the early 1900s. Often, Southern farmers grew tobacco and cotton on their plots of land. These plants quickly exhaust the fertility of the soil, leaving it worthless in terms of farming. In the early 1900s, agricultural scientists found that plants like peanuts return nitrogen to the soil, increasing its fertility.
Farmers began growing peanuts to help restore the usability of their farms. They began rotating crops like corn, wheat, soybeans, and peanuts in their fields. Suddenly, tired, infertile farm fields were given new life.
Despite the increase in peanut allergies in the United States, peanuts are still very popular snacks, comprising 67 percent of all nut sales in the United States. They’re also one of the cheapest forms of protein, being less expensive than other kinds of nuts or meats.
Our recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies features wonderful peanut flavor in a sweetened, chewy cookie form. To keep these cookies soft and chewy, pay close attention to the baking time. They should be just lightly browned on the edges. Don’t over bake them, or they will be too crisp.
Keyword Peanut Butter Cookies, Recipe, Snack

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